Mita Vashisht

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Mita Vashisht
Mita Vashisht at the premiere of Janleva 555.jpg
Vashisht at the premiere of Janleva 555, 2012
Born (1967-11-02) 2 November 1967 (age 46)
Pune, Maharashtra, India
Other names Meeta Vasisht
Years active 1987–present

Mita Vashisht (Marathi: मीता विशष्ठ) is an Indian television, film and theatre actress, who graduated from National School of Drama (NSD), New Delhi in 1987, and currently plays the role of the uptight principal on the hit show Suvreen Guggal, which airs on Channel V India.

Early life[edit]

Vashisht was born on 2 November 1967 in Pune, Maharashtra, India to Rajeshwar Dutt Vasisht, a retired Colonel in the Indian Army and Meenakshi Mehta Vasisht, a teacher and musician. She is of Kumaoni descent.

A post-graduate in literature from Punjab University, Chandigarh and a graduate from the National School of Drama (Delhi) Vashisht is also visiting faculty to some of the premier design, film and theatre institutes of India – the NIFT (Delhi), FTII (Pune), NSD (Delhi) and the NID (Ahmedabad). She has also conducted theatre workshops in the UK (London, Birmingham, Leicester) and in Damascus. She teaches students of fashion design, film direction and acting, using theatre techniques.

Career[edit]

Vashisht has worked in off-beat cinema as well as in commercial roles. She has worked in theatre and has written scripts as well. Since 2004, she has performed her solo play in English and Hindi, titled, Lal Ded, based on life of medieval Kashmiri mystic Lal Ded, all over India.[1]

Apart from acting, Vashisht is also actively involved in social work. She has worked with children in remand homes and with sex workers (she started a theatre troupe by enlisting 30 sex workers).[2]

Vashisht has written and produced three short films, as well as a serial for television. She has worked as executive producer on the award winning film The name of a River (A BFI (London)- NFDC (India)- Bangladesh film co-production).

In June 2001, Vashisht established Mandala, space for arts collaborations research and education. Its aim was to spearhead a new movement in the arts, to centre stage and individuate the performing arts in society (she considers that imperative, in the face of an electronic media onslaught) and to aid artistic collaborations.

Her first project under Mandala however took an unusual twist. A chance theatre workshop that she conducted with trafficked minors in a remand home in Mumbai led to four years of her full-time involvement with the cause of self- empowerment and rehabilitation of trafficked minors. (trafficked minors i.e. minor girls rescued from prostitution from the city brothels).

As artistic director of Mandala she created Mandala TAM (theatre arts module)--- a methodology and a training process based on the performing arts that proved to be highly successful in helping the trafficked minors to heal and transform mentally, physically, emotionally and intellectually.

Theatre[edit]

She has performed in the 75 minute solo theatre performance Lal Ded, based on the life and poetry of the iconic woman mystic and poet of Kashmir Lal Ded.[3] Lal Ded performances have been invited to and featured in the following National/International theatre festivals in India and abroad.

  • 2004: World Human Rights Day for the Ngo 'Akshara', Mumbai.
  • 2005: The Hungry Heart Int. Theatre Festival, India Habitat Centre, Delhi.
  • 2006: The Hungry Heart International theatre festival, Delhi.
  • 2006: World theatre day, Pune. (Alliance Francaise)
  • 2007: National Centre for the Performing Arts, Mumbai
  • 2008: Bharangam (the Int. theatre festival, NSD Delhi) commemorating NSD's golden jubilee year.
  • 2008: International Sufi Festival of Performing Arts, Srinagar, Kashmir.
  • 2008: National Theatre Festival, Dehradun
  • 2008: World Performing Arts Festival, Lahore, Pakistan.
  • 2009: North Zone Cultural Centre Festival, Chandigarh.

Film and television[edit]

She has also produced ad directed television programs and documentaries. She is working on She of the Four Names, commissioned by Public Services Broadcasting Trust, India. (PSBT) based on Lal Ded.

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Director Award
1987 Var Var Vari Nayika Kumar Shahani
1989 Chandni Chandni's friend
1989 Siddheshwari Siddheshwari Mani Kaul Best Documentary Film
1989 Jazeere Asta Govind Nihalani
1990 Khayal Gatha Rani Roopmati Kumar Shahani FIPRESCI Jury Award, Rotterdam
1990 Drishti Prabha Govind Nihalani
1990 Kasba Tejo
1991 Idiot Nastassya Mani Kaul Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie
1994 Tarpan Lachmi K.Bikram singh
1994 English August Nri Dev Benegal
1994 Drohkaal Sumitra Govind Nihalani
1998 Dil Se.. Terrorist Mani Ratnam
1998 Zindagi Zindabad Botanist Sumitra Bhave
1998 Ghulam Fatima Vikram Bhatt
1999 Taal Prabha Subhash Ghai
2000 Snegithiye (Tamil) SP Prema Narayanan Priyadarshan
2001 Maya Maya's Aunt Digvijay Singh
2001 Kuch Khatti Kuch Meethi main villain Rahul Rawail
2002 Pitaah Thakuraien Mahesh Manjrekar
2003 Patalghar (Bengali) Begum Abhijit Chaudhary National Award, Best Cinematography
2004 Oops – Superb role Sharon/Sakshi Deepak Tijori
2006 Shevri (Marathi) Maya Gajendra Ahire National Award for best feature film
2009 Anubhav Dr. Kamla Rajeev Nath
2009 Aladin Karate Instructor Sujoy Ghosh
2009 Antaheen Mrs. Mehra Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury National Award, Best Film,Best Cinematography,Best Lyrics,Best Female Playback Singer
2011 Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge Ma'am Nupur Ashtana
2011 Trishna Trishna's Mother Michael Winterbottom
2013 Gangoobai Daksha Priya Krishnaswamy
2014 Youngistaan Syed Ahmad Afzal
2014 Rahasya Brinda Chhabria Manish Gupta
Others
  • Featured in the main lead in Mann Ke Manjeere,
  • Sung the vocals with Shubha Mudgal for the theme song Laaga Chunari Mein Daag. Producers; Yash Raj Films. 2007.

Television[edit]

Year Serial Director
1988 Space City Sigma Ashok Talwar, Bizeth Bannerjee
1989 Bharat Ek Khoj Shyam Benegal
1989 Mr Yogi Ketan Mehta
1993 Pachpan Khambe Lal Deewarein P.K. Mohanty
1994 Swabhimaan Plus Channel
1994 Kirdaar Gulzaar
1997 Ghum Anup Singh
1998 Saalgiraah Anup Singh
1999 Vijay Jyoti Gajendra Singh
1999–2000 Star Bestsellers aired on Star Plus
2001 Kaaun Balaji televisions
2005 Bombay Lawyers NDTV
2005–07 Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki Balaji Telefilms
2012–present V Suvreen Guggal - Topper of the Year Ravi Bhushan

Film Jury member[edit]

  • 2005: OSIAN'S CINEFAN International Film Festival, Delhi. Jury member for Indian Feature Films.
  • 2008: Tenth MAMI International Film Festival, Mumbai. Jury Member for Dimensions India (Documentary films).
  • 2008: Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) Jury member for Short films.

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Songs of a mystic The Hindu, 1 May 2005.
  2. ^ http://www.garhwalpost.com/index.php?mod=article&cat=Dehradun&article=3510
  3. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/How-theatre-can-empower-the-meek/articleshow/1339322096.cms

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